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RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH |

A call for women MPs to come together, across party lines, on abortion reform in NSW, Qld

Significant reform in 2008 in Victoria of the state’s abortion law was achieved – say Professors Heather Douglas and Caroline de Costa – because women MPs overwhelmingly voted, across party lines, to support the Bill. In the article below, they say New South Wales women MPs should now get behind Greens MP Mehreen Faruqi and [...]

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Health funding: time for the states to impose a “hospital” levy on property?

The Federal Government appears to have gotten away, politically at least, with the massive cut it made in last year’s Budget to funding promised to the states for hospitals, says the Grattan Institute’s John Daley. For all the protests, he says most of the states will respond as they usually do, “with piecemeal increases to [...]

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#JustJustice: new approaches urgently needed for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)

When Croakey’s #JustJustice campaign was launched last month by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda, it prompted this heartfelt tweet from Sue Miers, the Chairperson of the National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Australia: In the post below, Anne Messenger, Editor of Public Health Research & Practice at the [...]

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# How the world of health and medical conferences is changing #

For those with an interest in social media and healthcare, if you missed the #MedicineSocial conference this past weekend, you can follow the convenor, psychiatrist Dr Helen Schultz, as she tweets about it this week at @WePublicHealth. Among the subjects she will cover are cyberstalking and how to deal with trolls. More details of the [...]

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RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH |

All roads leading to Darwin for #NRHC15 – stay tuned for more reports

As the photos below illustrate, all roads lead to Darwin this month for the 13th National Rural Health Conference, which Jennifer Doggett will be attending and covering for the Croakey Conference Reporting Service. In previewing the conference below, she reports that #NRHC15 is being held in difficult times for those with a concern for a [...]

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Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone: reflections on clinical and research involvement

The World Health Organisation (WHO) last week declared Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission. “The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia is over.” it said in this statement. However it warned that while it is confident that Liberia has interrupted transmission, outbreaks persist in neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone, creating a high risk that [...]

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RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH |

#Budget2015: Health takes a hit, devil may be in the detail – rolling reactions

Health has taken another hit in the 2015-16 Federal Budget, with nearly $2 billion cut from the health system over the next five years. There’s particular concern around $1 billion in “savings” from a range of flexible funds and grants for preventative health research, chronic disease prevention and rural outreach (click twice to enlarge pic below), [...]

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Close the Gap campaign says Indigenous health must be quarantined from #Budget2015 cuts

The Close the Gap Campaign has released its position paper on the Federal Budget 2015-16, calling on Government to restore cuts of up to $534.4 million over five years from the rationalisation of Indigenous Affairs programs, grants and activities administered by the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Health portfolios. Co-Chairs Mick Gooda and Kirstie Parker said Indigenous [...]

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WA backs away on “up to 150″ remote communities to close, outlines process, but anger, anxiety continues

The Western Australian government has backed away from earlier statements that up to 150 remote Indigenous communities would be closed and promised that any change would be “gradual and incremental” – but it still expects a “significant” number to close over time. The government’s plans for remote communities, which have caused great anxiety in communities [...]

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Hostile policies & processes: Indigenous health orgs under pressure (again) to secure funding

There was much relief and rejoicing in March when Health Minister Sussan Ley and Assistant Minister Fiona Nash announced that funding for 112 Aboriginal and Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) had been secured for the next three years. Now there is new uncertainty and stress as the organisations have learnt what they have to do [...]

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